Getting on the road in Ireland is relatively straightforward. You will, of course, need a licence. The NDLS is responsible for issuing driving licences in the Republic of Ireland. If you’ve got a vehicle, you’ll need to make sure that it’s taxed and insured too. Do I need to get an Irish driver’s licence? For EU & EEA licence holders Drivers with an EU or EEA member state licence need never change to an Irish licence. If they wish to exchange their licence for an Irish one, they need to do it within 10 years of their driver’s licence expiring. For other licence holders
Dublin has four local authorities, which provide a host of services that make the city a great place to live. Each authority provides the same essential services. They just serve different areas of the city.
We’re going to take a look at some of the essential municipal services these four authorities provide throughout the city. So if you’ve ever wondered what local authorities in Dublin do, keep reading. Alternatively, you can find out more about each one by visiting their individual websites:
Each local authority’s business support unit allows residents to avail of a range of business-related services, advice and information.
They deal with planning permission, rates, building regulation enforcement, guidance on commercial rates, tenders, casual trading, advertising, growing your business, payments, permits, licensing and more.
You can find out more about the services available from each local authority here:
- Dublin City Council Business Support Unit
- Fingal County Council Business Supports and Information
- South County Dublin Business Unit
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Local Enterprise Office
Housing and community services
The role of local authorities in relation to housing and community services is huge. They’re responsible for ensuring that Dublin’s residents have appropriate accommodation in safe and integrated communities.
They do this by supplying social housing, advising tenants and landlords and supporting those who require housing welfare and social work services.
- Dublin City Council Housing and Community services
- Fingal County Council Housing service
- South County Dublin Housing service
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Housing service
Culture and amenities
Dublin City Council’s Culture and Amenities Services support the city’s public libraries, park, sports facilities and arts amenities.
They are involved in a number of projects, including the City Cultural Quarter, the restoration of Richmond Barracks and the Temple Bar Project. They also coordinate the city’s calendar of events – many of which are highlighted on our ‘What’s on’ page.
Similarly, Dublin’s other three authorities provide a range of services in the city’s suburbs. These encompass libraries, parks, beaches, public spaces, sports and the arts scene. Artist residencies and festivals often fall under their remit too.
- Dublin City Council Culture and Amenities services
- Fingal County Council Community and Sports unit
- South County Dublin Sports, Recreation and Arts service
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts
Dublin City Council oversees the work of Dublin’s Fire Rescue and Ambulance Services. The city is home to the largest full-time fire brigade in Ireland. They provide emergency services to the entire city and county of Dublin.
If you’re not familiar with them yet, learn about Ireland’s essential emergency numbers here.
Dublin’s Environmental Services safeguards cleanliness and biodiversity throughout the city. They manage rubbish collection contractors, water treatment and natural spaces. They can even help you clear garbage from your property and upgrade your plumbing.
You should get in touch with the environmental branch of your local council if you have any queries relating to waste, recycling, burial grounds, conservation, biodiversity or animal control.
- Dublin City Council Environmental Services
- Fingal County Council Environment unit
- South County Dublin Environment unit
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Environment and Climate Change unit
If you’ve just arrived in the city, you can also check out our comprehensive guide to waste disposal in Dublin.
Roads and transport services
The City Council collects motor taxes, organises parking, establishes cycle lanes and conducts road work through its Roads and Transport Services. Its online portal allows you to quickly and conveniently tax your vehicle.
The three county councils provide information on areas such as traffic, parking, roadworks, road closures, public transport, road bye-laws, road safety, winter weather updates, public lighting, traffic lights and more.
- Dublin City Council Roads and Transport Services
- Fingal County Council Roads and Transportation division
- South County Dublin Transport unit
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Travel and Transportation unit
For an introduction to the city’s transport infrastructure, read our guide on getting around Dublin.
The City Council’s planning arm is responsible for ensuring that the city remains sustainable and liveable as it continues to grow and expand.
The current Dublin City Development Plan outlines the Council’s vision for the city’s future. And the Planning Services department is entrusted with delivering it. If you live in or own property in Dublin, you can see how it fits in with the Council’s plans using its website MyPlan.ie.
Through their planning units, each local authority deals with planning applications, council properties, vacant sites, planning permission, local heritage and more.
You will need to open an Irish bank account, if only to receive your salary – most Irish employers will not deposit your pay into a foreign account. There are two ways to do this – in person or online. Either way, you won’t be able to do this before you arrive in Ireland. Due to anti-money laundering legislation, most Irish banks will want to meet you in person before opening an account for you.
Ireland is a fairly welcoming country. Citizens of many countries don’t need an Irish visa to enter. But those that do need one should find the process simple and straightforward. The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) is in charge of providing permission to live, work and study in the Republic of Ireland. Here’s what you need to know. How to immigrate to Ireland F